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Sharon Bulova for Fairfax Chair

Tomorrow, Fairfax County voters will elect a "Chairman" for the Board of Supervisors, replacing Gerry Connolly who ascended to Congress. Current Supervisors Democrat Sharon Bulova and Republican Pat Herrity, along with Republican Independent Chris DeCarlo and others are vying for the seat. Anti-HOT lane group MAMMA asked the candidates for statements on transportation and other issues; Bulova's response clearly makes the case for readers to elect her as Chair.

Sharon Bulova. Image from the candidate's Web site.

Bulova's campaign said:

If elected she will... work to reduce traffic and make sure rail to Dulles gets built. Sharon chaired Mark Warner's commission on rail enhancement for the 21st century, proposed and implemented the creation of VRE, served as the Chair of the VRE's Operations Board four times, and has pushed through the creation of many transportation improvements in the county.
Herrity, on the other hand, wants to build more roads. His transportation page is much better than Bulova's sparse site. Unfortunately, while he does nod in the direction of mass transit, most of his transportation agenda involves adding more private auto capacity. He wants to build HOT lanes, the Techway, and Fairfax County Parkway, widen I-66, and more.

DeCarlo has only one message: lower taxes. Farifax's tax burden is already lower than DC's or Montgomery's, and the county desperately needs transit and other improvements to rescue it from gridlock that is crippling its growth. A balanced approach that recognizes the futility of endlessly adding highway lane miles is the right choice, and Fairfax voters should elect Sharon Bulova their next Chair.

Update: I mistakenly thought DeCarlo was the Republican nominee because I only received two candidate statements. I should have double checked. I've added a discussion of Pat Herrity, whose positions on transportation don't change my recommendation at all.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Um, nice reflexive anti-GOP bias but Chris DeCarlo is not the Republican nominee, Pat Herrity is...

by anon on Feb 2, 2009 3:15 pm • linkreport

anon: I goofed, sorry. The article is fixed.

I disagree that it's anti-GOP bias, though. DeCarlo sounded like a lot of Republicans. Meanwhile, I would love to see more pro-transit Republicans like Florida Congressman John Mica, the late Paul Weyrich, and DC Council nominee Pat Mara, whom I endorsed.

If there's a Republican in Northern Virginia who doesn't just want to add highway capacity and extend suburbia for another 20 miles, please let me know.

by David Alpert on Feb 2, 2009 3:26 pm • linkreport

Carey Campbell is the Independent advocating light rail on the beltway.


by Jayne Wilson on Feb 2, 2009 8:27 pm • linkreport

Light rail on the Beltway makes no sense. If a transit vehicle is going to run in mixed traffic on a freeway, it may as well be a bus. The advantage of light rail is its ability to stimulate development along its route; there are no such opportunities on the freeway.

by David Alpert on Feb 3, 2009 12:03 am • linkreport

And unless you mean grade-separated light rail along the beltway right-of-way, then, impossible. Grade separation from rail vehicles is a specific requirement of the interstate highway system, borne out in precedent.

by цarьchitect on Feb 3, 2009 12:17 am • linkreport

Wow. Glenn Close is running for Fairfax Chair.

by Reid on Feb 3, 2009 2:19 pm • linkreport

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